By Chaska Mori
A Peruvian documentary maker starts researching corruption in her country, but ends up directly involved in the story.
El apellido comienza conmigo is a documentary film masquerading as a theater play. A documentary maker in a tough situation sees a side to the country she didn’t know about, where there are other ways of resolving conflicts, doling out justice and conquering lands. She decides to work with this, going from subject to object. As part of this process however, she also becomes personally involved and the idea she has of her family’s past changes radically. Peruvian actress, playwright and director Chaska Mori - in collaboration with Luisa Pardo and Gabino Rodríguez (members of renowned Mexican group Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol) - dramatizes a personal journey, which is also that of a Latin American country. In a crossover between testimony and autofiction, she exposes the fine line between what’s legal, illegal and unfair, in an everyday melting-pot that extends to families and to all levels of a dismembered society in which reality seems to surpass fiction. This play was developed with the support of Iberescena.
Cast and crew
Written, directed and performed by: Chaska Mori | Assistant director and onstage video operator: Steven Buendía | Playwrights: Luisa Pardo and Gabino Rodríguez (Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol) | Artistic consultant: Lucero Medina | Video producer: Daniel Lagares and Mariano Agudo | Lighting designer and art consultant: Julio Beltrán | A Pacific University Cultural Center, Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol and Fílmico coproduction | With the support of: Iberescena.
Cinema, documentaries and theater
This playwright, director, scriptwriter and producer studied Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble, France. She then specialized as a playwright and in directing and acting at different workshops in Lima and Spain. She won a scholarship from the Casa de América in Madrid to take part in the Playwriting and Theater Direction course for Iberian-American professionals. She worked in Spain for several years and, on her return to Peru, she founded the audiovisual production company Fílmico, producing short films and the film La búsqueda, which has won several awards at different festivals.
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